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Applying for Admission

Interested in applying for a doctorate at the University of Luxembourg? 

Find answers to your questions


Who is eligible to apply for admissions to doctoral studies at the University of Luxembourg?

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Hold a Master’s or equivalent degree;
  • Have found a dissertation supervisor at the University of Luxembourg 


In which fields may I study?

Key fields for doctoral research and studies within these schools include:

  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Finance


  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy


  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Science of languages
  • Social science
  • Science of education
  • Sociology


I have a dissertation topic in mind but have not yet found a dissertation supervisor. How do I go about this?

You can browse the University of Luxembourg authorised supervisors’ lists:

We recommend you contact potential supervisors by e-mail to discuss your general research interest areas and your specific ideas for a dissertation topic. You may consider sending along a description of the research project and your CV.


I am not yet clear on my dissertation topic but am interested in exploring the idea of doctoral studies. What can I do?

You may consider:


I am not a European Union (EU) national or resident. Can I do my doctorate at the University of Luxembourg?

Yes you may. In addition to enrolment procedures, an application for a residence permit will need to be done in order to stay in Luxembourg.

Depending on your situation and funding , the office of doctoral studies will guide you through the process.


Will my previous university masters diploma be recognised?

You will need to register your diploma in the "Registre des titres de formation" (Register of titles (in French only).


I do not have funding. What are my options?

There are several ways you can finance your PhD.


I would like to carry out my doctoral research in conjunction with a supervisor at another institution. Is this possible?

PhD students enrolled in the first year of the doctoral programme and whose dissertation topic has been accepted at the University of Luxembourg may officially apply for joint supervision.The joint supervision agreement must be signed during the first year of doctoral studies.If you and your future dissertation supervisor would like to pursue the joint supervision option, this should be indicated during the application for admissions.


I have been in contact with an authorised supervisor, and we have identified/procured funding. What are the next steps for admissions?

You and your supervisor are invited to fill out the following forms:

Admissions acceptance form: Your supervisor must submit an admissions acceptance application for a doctoral researcher/PhD student available at the Office of Doctoral Studies (Bureau des études doctorales, BED).

Enrolment form: Please fill out the online preliminary enrolment form.


How and when will I be notified of the admissions decision?

Admissions requests are treated on a rolling basis. Normally, you may expect to receive an official letter concerning your admission request within 3-4 weeks after submission of a complete application. 

How long after I receive the admissions decision may I expect to officially enrol and start my doctoral studies?

  • For EU-nationals: This will vary depending on your employment status. In general, approximately 3-4 weeks.
  • For non-EU residents: In addition to internal procedures, the application for residence permit ("Autorisation de séjour") may take between 3-6 months to complete the necessary steps.


I am a current doctoral candidate at another institution, and would like to conduct part of my research at a lab in the University of Luxembourg. What do I need to do?

Contact an authorised professor at the University of Luxembourg with whom you would like to have your research stay to arrange the logistics. You must have your own funding for this, or funding from an external organisation.


I have more questions.

We are always happy to answer your questions. Send inquiries to: phdstudies@uni.lu.